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Another great itunes find! This record should be heard by all who love the roots rock tradition. If you like Ryan Adams, Damian Rice, Jesse Malin, Pete Yorn, Old97's, the Black Rebel MotorCycle Club etc., you will love this record. Raw emotion, stinging lyrics and a truckload of musical ability to drive it all forward. Honest as Pure Gold and Can't Be That Bad are my favorite songs. This record is definitely worth the 10 bucks!

Drama City Reviews

“Hapless love affairs, dashed dreams, and fractured friendships all reside inside songs such as the high octane banjo-driven opener "Those Times Are Over," the Pogues-style jig "Into A Wall", and the meditative "Pitch Black Road." But even at its most subdued, Jabe's music is a quiet storm of desire and disillusion...The best thing he has ever done." --Boston Globe "Several tracks stand out. ‘Those Times Are Over,’ ‘Crazy Anne Marie,’ and ‘Damn Them Big Brown Eyes’ are excellent."--Boston Herald “Drama City expresses a unified vision. Most of the songs boast a rushing wall of sound and a cinematic sweep -- "Damn Them Big Brown Eyes," "Jerk," "You'd Think I'd Learn." Although the album circles around familiar themes, the songs don't get stale. Beyer may be drinking from the dregs of the last beer in the bar, but as the depression-fueled drums and mandolin barrel forward, you can't help but tap your foot. He is a great songwriter, and this is a great, great album." "His songs are the sound of a flickering neon light in a bar at the end of a dark, dusty highway; he knows the pain of letting the one he should’ve clung to get away, and he’ll sing the soundtrack to every rough moment in your life. He won “Outstanding Debut Album” and was nominated as “Best New Singer / Songwriter” at the 2000 Boston Music Awards for his self-released debut Twenty Point Turn, and won the 2000 Abe Olman Songwriting Award from the Songwriting Hall of Fame."--The Weekly Dig "The finest work to date by one of my all-time favorite musicians, “Drama City” sounds like the souls of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits channeled through early Whiskeytown, 16 Horsepower and The Old '97s and the middle ground between “O Brother, Where Art Thou” and “Appetite for Destruction.” Heartbreaking, honest, witty, bitter, joyous, cutting and sarcastic, singer/guitarist Jabe Beyer's songs, lyrics and gift for melody are on par with any of the greatest songwriters you can name. recorded in a mere eight days by the band in their home studio for next to nothing, and it turned out sounding better than albums that are the result of months and tens of thousands of dollars spent in the studio. If a better, more affecting album is released this year, I'll eat my keyboard." --The Noise (Boston MA) "Trapsing around a rootsy world of differing tempos, stringed and other instruments (fiddle, slide, organ, harmonica, accordion, dobro, and cello), fun or serious lyrics, and tight musicianship, Drama City is a place I want to be."--Jam Magazine Drama City shows "JABE's obvious knack for hook-laden, country-tinged rock. Beyer is without question one of the best songwriters north of Boston, but the success of JABE depends as much on the rest of the band as it does on his exceptional songwriting, a notion Beyer himself seems to lampoon in the MP3 end-of-the-night track, "It's Time To Go". After all, they provide an energy and atmosphere that helps Beyer's songs remain as fluid and enjoyable as they are. While Aucella and Westner provide the low-end foundation, Staples supplies background vocals, as well as pulling out banjo, mandolin, fiddle, or a second guitar to augment the sound as needed for each song. The result is that each song has its own distinctive sound, despite the fact that Beyer's songwriting hasn't necessarily changed or branched into new territory since their last CD, the fantastic "Outback Country Vampires." And, in fairness to Beyer, it didn't really need to; his songs work just as well on "Drama City" as they did on "Outback." --Portsmouth Herald "The music here is great punk/bluegrass/country/rock'n'roll. And this time he had release double Cd set with disc one being actual album and disc two featuring cool extras: three videos, and three MP3 tracks (two of them being live tracks). Jabe continue that great American songwriter tradition."--Custom Built (Finland) "I became an instant fan from the first tune “Those Times are Over,” to the last “You Think I’d Learn.” Lead singer and band namesake, Jabe Beyer, lends his raw vocals, songwriting and guitar-playing talents with his fellow bandmates (Jay Aucella, Dave Westner and Sean Staples) offering truly unique music."--Face Magazine

Greatest album ever made by a human

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Genre: Rock

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Growing up in western New York, future songwriter Jabe Beyer would travel the rural routes of America with his craft show-going parents, absorbing at every turn the American roots music that would so influence him later in life. Arriving in Boston in 2000 to seek his way in the world, Jabe recorded his debut album, Twenty Point Turn, in his tiny apartment. It presented a gravelly voiced troubadour with a sound mixing elements of bluegrass, country, and cowpunk. Twenty Point Turn garnered numerous...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 2002

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